GALLE: Fast bowler Dhammika Prasad rocked Pakistan with the wickets of openers Mohammad Hafeez (2) and Ahmed Shehzad (9) as the tourists limped to tea at 38 for three on the third day of the first Test against Sri Lanka at the Galle International Stadium.
Pakistan was replying to Sri Lanka’s first innings of 300.
Prasad had an lbw decision against Hafeez turned down off the previous delivery before he produced another one that left Hafeez who could only edge it to third slip Dimuth Karunaratne as he went for the drive.
Shehzad was trapped lbw by a ball that caught him plumb in front.
Sri Lanka made further inroads into the Pakistani batting when left-arm spinner Rangana Herath introduced into the attack as early as the sixth over had Azhar Ali leg before for eight.
At the tea break Pakistan had their most experienced batting pair at the wicket Younis Khan (17) and captain Misbah-ul-Haq (2) as they trailed Sri Lanka by 262 runs.
Younis survived an appeal for a catch behind the wicket off Nuwan Pradeep at 12 and Sri Lanka lost a review.
They also lost the services of off-spinner Dilruwan Perera when he had to leave the field splitting the webbing between his right thumb and forefinger attempting to stop a drive from Younis Khan at extra cover.
Sri Lanka’s last four wickets lasted 63 minutes before they were finally dismissed after lunch.
Opener Kaushal Silva was ninth out having batted a marathon 445 minutes and faced 300 balls for his score of 125 which comprised 16 fours.
Left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar ended his innings when Silva attempted to sweep him and edged the ball to wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed.
The rest of the batting hardly offered any resistance as the Pakistan spinners wrapped up the Lankan innings with Babar, Yasir Shah and Mohammad Hafeez accounting for seven of the wickets. Fast bowler Wahab Riaz took the other three.
Sri Lanka would have been dismissed for a lower total than 300 had Pakistan been a bit more alert on the field.
Scores: Sri Lanka 300 (Kaushal Silva 125, Wahab Riaz 3/74, Zulfiqar Babar 3/64, Mohammad Hafeez 2/40)
Pakistan 38-3 at tea (Younis Khan 17 not out, Dhammika Prasad 2/10, Rangana Herath 1/5)